Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey Guidance for Those Who Teach and Nurture

ISBN-10: 0801032369

ISBN-13: 9780801032363

Edition: 2010

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Description: How do children experience and understand God? How can adults help children grow their life of faith? Throughout more than a decade of field research, children's spirituality experts Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May listened to children talk about their relationships with God, observed children and their parents in learning and worship settings, and interviewed adults about their childhood faith experiences. This accessibly written book weaves together their findings to offer a glimpse of the spiritual responsiveness and potential of children. Through case studies, it provides insight into children's perceptions of God and how they process their faith. In addition, the book suggests how parents, teachers, and ministry leaders can more effectively relate to and work with children and pre-adolescents to nurture their faith, offering a helpful picture of adults and children on the spiritual journey together. The book also includes color illustrations created by some of the children the authors observed.

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 6/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Catherine Stonehouse (PhD, Michigan State University), prior to her retirement, served as the Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Discipleship and dean of the School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She continues to serve Asbury as an adjunct professor. She speaks regularly on topics related to the spirituality of children and is the author of the award-winning Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey.

Scottie May (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and coeditor of Children Matter: Celebrating Their Place in the Church, Family, and Community. She speaks regularly on topics related to the spirituality of children.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Listen to Children?
Knowing God in Childhood
Experiencing God in Everyday Life
Experiencing God at Church
The Formative Power of God's Story
Let the Children Come: Loving, Knowing, and Following Jesus
Celebrating Compassion
The Church Partnering with Parents
The Research Designs
Resources and Ideas
Notes
Index
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